. >> shepard: the house speaker indianapolis pelosi called lawmakers back from their summer vacation and they got the job done. the house passed a 26 billion-dollar bill today designed to help states keep teachers and other workers on the payroll. most republicans voted against it along with a few democrats. the senate passed its version last week and president obama signed it into law this afternoon. >> it will help states avoid laying off police officers, firefighters, nurses, and first responders. and it will save the jobs of teachers like the ones who are standing with me today. >> here we have yet another bailout bill. we have bailed out chrysler, g.m., fannie, freddie, the major banks, people who bought too much home and couldn't afford it and now we're going to bail out the states. >> shepard: republicans accused democrats of giving a gift to the unions right before the congressional elections. rich edison from the fox business network is live in washington tonight. what exactly is in this bill, rich? >> well, shep, billions to state governments to help them close budget gaps.